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"Straight sigh"

"Straight sigh"

Vera Serebrovskaya

the journalist, the leader of information releases on the TV channel "Vesti 24"

Vera Serebrovskaya, journalist, presenter of news broadcasts on the Vesti 24 TV channel:
"Straightening Sigh" is a new work by famous Russian documentary filmmakers Nikita Tikhonov-Rau and Olga Arlauskas. The film-journey to the Far East, filmed with the support of the Ministry of Culture, will be presented to viewers in the middle of this year. Vera Serebrovskaya, a journalist and TV presenter of news broadcasts on the Vesti 24 TV channel, spoke to the directors:

- Why was your Far East interested in your creative group?

Nikita: You know, we always felt that we were living in a huge country, but we never realized how huge it is. When you fly by plane for 9 hours from Moscow to Vladivostok, and, having arrived, you realize that it is still 3 hours to fly to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, your brain explodes. What should we do with this enormity? How to manage effectively? How to make it our land from Kaliningrad to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky? Ours is not in the sense of geopolitics, but ours in human terms. The land that we love, we protect, on which we build, on which we do not throw garbage ... Our land is long-suffering in any corner of the country. She is a carrier of information, she, like a hard disk, keeps the memory of our victories and defeats, of our mistakes and achievements. She remembers everything - and the death of Mandelstam, and the rose petals lying after the wedding, and the broken knees of children who fell on her while playing football. When we took up the topic, the topic of the Earth, our Earth, was the main one for us.

- You claim that your film is a journey into parallel reality. Why did you get such an impression?

Olga: We live in Moscow, in the European part of Russia. Most people living in Moscow, if we are talking about the philistine consciousness, have no idea that there is the Urals somewhere, and Siberia beyond the Urals, and the Far East behind Siberia. 

For a Muscovite far away - this is his dacha for 200 km from the city, where you can go 5 hours at rush hour. Add to these 5 watches another 4 - and you will find yourself in a parallel reality, where the air smells different, where people have other smiles on their lips, where there is a sea. In the minds of Muscovite sea is only in Turkey or Egypt. But Russia is a maritime country. And the most maritime city is Vladivostok. In Vladivostok - the reality is felt differently. A city where there is a sea is another reality. The sea is freedom, freedom, which is so lacking in our Russia. In our film, we are not even talking about political freedom, but about the freedom of a person to choose his own way, to be free on his Earth, to breathe deeply, to make a “Straightening sigh”, in the words of Mandelstam, whose life ended in Vladivostok in the transfer camp for prisoners.

- Now they talk a lot about the development strategy of the Far East and the fact that behind it is the future of Russia. What, in your opinion, is the potential of the easternmost and most remote part of our country?

Nikita: Answering your question, you can talk for a long time about the richness of natural resources, unique geographical position and other economic indicators. But, of course, people are the most important resource of the Far East. People are active, people who form their reality, people who daily change their lives for the better, people are not cynical, optimistic, talented, free, dreaming of living in their country and are proud of it.

- In Soviet times, thanks to state propaganda, a lot of educated young people went to develop, build up and settle in Far Eastern Russia. What is called "behind the fog and the smell of taiga." Do you think today's young Russians might be interested in such a prospect?

Olga: I do not know, to be honest. But I think this question should be put wider. How young people in general can be interested in life in Russia and the opportunity to happily, fully live their lives here and raise their children here. One of the boys - the heroes of our film - in response to the question that his homeland is for him, says: “She is awful ... I would not want to live here ... I would like to move to any other place, just not here”.

I think the main thing that may interest young Russians is the desire to create their own country with their own hands. It is only necessary that they do not interfere. In this drive of the young, I think, lies the answer to your question.

- What is the aftertaste you have left after two weeks spent in the Far East?

Nikita: For two weeks in Vladivostok, we lived a lifetime.
We sincerely fell in love with the city and its inhabitants. And returned to Moscow changed, updated. All this we reflected in our film.

Watch the trailer:

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